Saturday, Dec. 9
Santa at Butterfield
Children of all ages are invited to meet Santa Claus at the Butterfield Library in Cold Spring at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. The library will provide crafts and refreshments and each child will receive a gently used book.
Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10
Tree and Wreath Sale
Philipstown Troop 437 will hold its annual fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10. The Boy Scouts will be selling wreaths, trees and holiday decorations at the North Highlands Fire Department on Fishkill Road near Route 9 in Philipstown. To reserve a tree, email John Maasik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Dec. 15
Magazzino Italian Art will host a reception on Friday, Dec. 15, at its space on Route 9 in Philipstown with a performance by the Brasiles Ensemble accompanied by fine lute and piano. Italian holiday treats will be offered beginning at 5 p.m., with the concert at 6 p.m. The repertoire will include Italian arias, madrigals and Gregorian Latin masterpieces. Due to limited parking, guests are encouraged to take shuttles from and to the Cold Spring train station beginning at 4 p.m., with service until 7:30 p.m. Reservations for the event are required. See magazzino.art.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Merry, Beary Christmas
Watch the bears open their holiday gift boxes filled with treats on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Trailside Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park. Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to make the snacks and watch as the bears enjoy the results at 11 a.m. The ice rink, merry-go-round and hiking trails will be open. See trailsidezoo.org.
Dickens with a Cast of One
A one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be performed at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, as a fundraiser for the church. The classic story was adapted by Christine Bokhour and Greg Miller and first performed in 2014. Tickets are $25 each, or $15 for students and seniors. See brownpapertickets.com.
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform its first holiday concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh. Under the direction of Russell Ger, the program includes Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and other seasonal classics. The soloists are Erica Spyres (soprano), Patrice Eaton (mezzo soprano), John Kawa (tenor) and Adrian Rosas (bass). Tickets are $22 to $45 each at newburghsymphony.org.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Holidays at Mount Gulian
Mount Gulian will host candlelight tours of the historic Dutch Colonial home of the Verplanck family on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., as well as Tuesday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $4 to $10, or free for members. Storyteller Lorraine Hartin Gelardi will also perform at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17. The home has been decorated for the holidays with greens, ribbons, bows and sparkle.
A menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate the start of Hanukkah will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, near the Cold Spring Depot Restaurant on Main Street. See putnamchabad.org.